November 21, 2019
Welcome to this week's edition of TCFinTouch
The e-newsletter of Trail Christian Fellowship

As followers of Jesus, we meet throughout the week for worship, prayer, Communion, Bible study and fellowship. Our overall mission can be summed up as:
Coming Up
Sunday, November 24
Come worship with us this Sunday at 10am. Pastor Rick Booye will continue our study through Philippians. Children's and Youth ministries meet at the same
time in their respective locations.
Wednesday, November 27
Join Pastors Rick and Travis for our  Thanksgiving Eve Communion Service  next Wednesday in the Worship Center. Service begins with worship at 6:30 p.m. No AWANA. Child care for nursery through 5th grade. Middle and High School will join the adults in the Worship Center.  
Youth Programs
Our Sunday morning service has programs for
children and youth through 12th grade.


AWANA is for kids age 3 through 6th grade.
We meet in the Youth Center on Wednesday nights from 6:15-8pm
Nursery and Children's Program for 0-2 years old.

Middle School and High School students meet in their respective locations.

Debbie Conley (Nursery-grade 5): 541.878.3501
Dakota Lacombe (Middle School): 541.951.1100
Nate Bailey (High School): 541.951.6952
No AWANA this week.
Child care available for nursery through 5th grade.
Middle and High School will join the adults for our Thanksgiving Eve Service.
Recent Teachings
Sunday, November 20
Pastor Garret Harrington
If you missed a service, or live out of our area, we invite you to listen to our recent teachings from Sunday mornings and Wednesday nights by clicking the link below.
From Our Pastors
Doubting Thomas
Who could have blamed him? As a desperately loyal follower of Jesus he was willing to lay his life down for his Lord. Just weeks before the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus, Thomas was willing to go back to Judea with the Lord to visit Lazarus' family after his death.

Jesus said to His disciples after hearing Lazarus was ill, Let's go to Judea again . The disciples said to Him, Rabbi, the Jews were just now seeking to stone You, and You are going there again? So Thomas...said to his fellow disciples, Let us also go, that we may die with Him.
John 11: 7,1 6. (ESV).

I think Tomas got a bad rap with the nick name "Doubting Thomas". He loved and had enough faith in the Lord Jesus to go all the way with Him to death, while the other disciples thought it was insane to go back to the area where they previously had tried to stone Jesus. If anyone of the twelve displayed courage it was Thomas.

I simply think that Thomas' grief was so deep and his faith was so shattered at the crucifixion of Jesus that he never wanted to hurt that bad again. I can almost hear him down the corridors of history through his heaves and sobs saying I will never, never, trust and believe again. This may be why he went off to grieve alone and not with his brothers, when Jesus appeared to them in the Upper Room later on that resurrection evening.

When Thomas returned they reported to him that Jesus was alive! Thomas replied, Unless I see in His hands the mark of the nails, and place my finger into the mark of the nails, and place my hand into His side, I will never believe. John 20:25

Can you see what is happening here? Thomas represents everyone who has put all of their trust and belief in the Lord Jesus and for whatever the divine purpose, God has taken someone or something away from them leaving them destitute and completely disillusioned. And like Thomas, with their fists clenched, they vow to never give their heart or belief to Him again!

Despite Thomas' lack of belief and doubt, Jesus goes back to the Upper Room a week after the resurrection just for Thomas' sake. The living Savior reveals His wounds and Thomas' doubts melt away while falling to the ground crying , My Lord and my God! John 20:28. So in our most serious times of doubt this Christ who conquered death comes to us, loves us back and restores our faith again and again and again! 

Denial of Peter

Peter said emphatically to Jesus, Even though they all fall away, I will not! Then he added , If I must die with you, I will not deny you! Mark 14:29,31.

In the following gloomy hours we find Peter in the courtyard, while Jesus is slapped and ridiculed, doing what he emphatically told Jesus he would never do—deny Him. How did Peter feel at the very moment the rooster crowed three times, as predicted by Jesus? And when the Lord met Peter's eyes?  And he went out and wept bitterly. Luke 22:62.  
 
Peter, I'm sure, had to feel like a complete failure with an overwhelming sense of guilt that would be replayed in his every nightmare the rest of his life.

And exactly like Jesus did for Thomas, He goes after Peter. After the resurrection the angel said to the stunned women, ...go tell His disciples and Peter... Mark 16:7.  The gracious grip of Christ on Peter's life will not let him go despite his foulmouthed denial of Jesus. 

In the resurrection of Jesus we see that He pursues His brokenhearted people who have forsaken Him and doubt everything He has ever said. Because He broke the chains of death and hell, He looks past our failures, doubts and sin and with His nail scarred hands will lead us into Paradise with Him.

Blessed be His name forever!

Pastor Bill Gallagher
 
Upcoming
Friendsgiving
Saturday, November 23

Join us in the Fireside Room for games, dinner and fellowship! Games from 4-6pm (bring board and card games) and potluck from 6-8pm. All ages welcome!
Angel Tree Prison Fellowship Ministry

Visit the event table in the foyer to pick up an “angel” describing a gift to purchase for the child of an incarcerated parent. Wrapped gifts are then returned by Sunday, December 15 th and delivered to help brighten a child’s Christmas. Volunteers are also needed to bake (or purchase) goodies and deliver gifts. Contact Debbie Conley with questions: 541.261.2605
Baptism
Sunday, November 24 at 12pm

Trail Christian Fellowship hosts several Baptisms each year. The next one is Sunday, November 24th. If you are ready to take this important step of faith, please listen to “The Obedience of Faith: Baptism. After a brief conversation with a TCF Pastor, you may register.
 
To speak with a Pastor, call the church office at 541.878.3501
GriefShare
Monday, November 25

A series on grief recovery that occurs Monday evenings, 6:30-8:30pm until December 2. Topics include: grief's journeys, challenges, coping, heaven and more. No child care and cost is $25. Only two classes left, newcomers are welcome!

Leaders: Dave & Leslie Pfeifle: 541.878.2363 or griefshare@trail.org
Happy Thanksgiving!
The Church Office is closed Thursday, November 28 and Friday, November 29.
Evening Worship
Sunday, December 1

Join us at 6:30 p.m. in the Fireside Room for one hour of exuberant, energetic praise and Communion. No child care.
Global Outreach Prayer
Monday, December 2

Meet to pray for TCF supported partners and outreaches.
Adult Classroom from 6:30-9pm. All are welcome. No child care.
Christmas Celebration with The River
A concert with a Celtic flare for the whole family
 
Join us on Saturday, December 7 at 6:30pm in the Worship Center to celebrate the coming of our Lord Jesus featuring the music of The River and a special Christmas devotional from Pastor Travis. This evening is for the entire family and our community, so invite your friends and neighbors! There is no charge for the event, but a love offering will be gratefully received.
 
Church Office 541.878.3501
Green Bag Day

Seasonal foods are appreciated (stuffing, pie mixes, canned yams, canned and dried fruit, etc.)!
Bring your bag to the food pantry box in the foyer near the Information Counter on or before  Sunday, December 8 . Outreach@trail.org
You Sweeten Our Lives
Sunday, January 8

The TCF Children's Ministry would like to say “thank you” for all your support. Join us in the Courtyard after service on Sunday, January 8 for music, coffee, hot cocoa, and cookies.
Children and Youth Ministry Volunteer Meeting
 
This is a mandatory meeting for anyone currently volunteering with ages 0-High School, as well as those interested in doing so.
 
Choose either:
  • Monday, Jan 6th, 6:30-8:30pm
  • Saturday, Jan 11th, 9-11am
 
Volunteers  must  attend one meeting. Find out what is new, what is expected, and gain some valuable tools while interacting with like minded volunteers. Snacks provided. Child care is available with advanced sign-up. Space is limited, so sign up now!
 
Debbie Conley: 541.261.2605 or  debbie@trail.org
Meals, Transportation and Visitation Volunteers Needed

Help for those in our congregation is needed in all these ministries.
Please contact the Church Office or speak with Pastor Kelly for details.
541.878.3501
Men's Ministry
Cancelled Tuesday, November 26
Will resume December 3
Women's Ministry
Single Ladies' Dinner
Monday, November 25

Single ladies of all ages are invited to join us for a home-cooked meal the last Monday of
the month from 6-7:30pm in the Fireside Room. We enjoy great food, fellowship, and an occasional guest speaker. Please sign up at the information counter on Sunday and indicate any child care needs. If you don't attend TCF, you are welcome!
Call the Church Office to sign up! 541.878.3501.

Cyndi Harrington: 541.826.9415 or cyndi@trail.org
Mom's Group
Cancelled Tuesday, November 26

Moms and moms-to-be are invited to connect with other moms and children that are in the same phase of young family life. Join us on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the school year,*
9-11am in the Youth Center Great Room. We share a brunch breakfast, teaching, and great fellowship. Children are welcome to participate, and childcare is available. Pick up a calendar in the Nursing Mom's Room.
 
Contact Cyndi Harrington for more information: 541.826.9415 or cyndi@trail.org
 
 *During the summer months, the Mom's group still meets at private homes. Contact Cyndi for details.
Children's Ministry
AWANA

AWANA (Approved Workmen Are Not Ashamed) is a global, nonprofit ministry committed to the belief that the greatest impact for Christ starts with kids who know, love, and serve Him. AWANA is for kids age 3yrs through 6th grade. Register in the Sunday School foyer Sunday through Thursday, or click the link below to download documents to fill out and bring in to the Children's Ministry Office. Let us help your kids and grand-kids hide God's Word in their heart, Wednesdays at 6:15pm. 

No AWANA this week.
Child care available for nursery through 5th grade.
Middle and High School will join the adults for our Thanksgiving Eve Service.

Debbie at 541.261.2605 or debbie@trail.org
Prayer Warriors by Email
If you would like to be a regular part of praying for Children's Ministry and receive an email prayer letter periodically to keep up with what God is doing with the next generation, email debbie@trail.org to get on the list. This will be a blind copy email and your email address will not be shared with others.
Debbie Conley: 541.878.3501
Trail Life USA

Trail Life USA is a Christ-centered outdoor character development adventure program for boys and young men ages 5-17. TCF’s Trail Life troop meets every other Thursday from
6:30-8pm during the school year. For more information about the Trail Life USA organization, click  HERE .
 
  • For TCF’s Troop Information, and to confirm meeting times, contact Matthew Paradela: 541.625.0359

Our next meeting is tonight from 6:30-8pm at TCF.
American Heritage Girls

American Heritage Girls is a faith-based character building program for girls ages 5-18. Girls learn leadership and team building skills while growing spiritually. TCF’s AHG troop meets every other Thursday from 6:30-8pm during the school year.
 
  • For Trail Christian Fellowship Troop information and to confirm meeting times, please call Karrie Hovis at 541.951.3135 or email ahgroguevalley@yahoo.com 
  • For more details about the American Heritage Girls organization, click HERE.

Our next meeting is tonight from 6:30-8pm at TCF.
Celebrate Recovery
 Celebrate Recovery

Celebrate Recovery is a Christ-centered 12-Step program that helps participants live fuller lives by breaking the chains of addiction. Join us at 6pm every Tuesday for dinner and fellowship, followed by the meeting at 6:30. Celebrate Recovery is for any and all who struggle with addiction, abuse, hurts, habits, or hangups.
 
If you have questions or need child care call Paige Winfrey 541.821.0459 or send an email to  celebraterecovery@trail.org . You can also keep up with Celebrate Recovery on our  Facebook  page.
Area Events
Pacific Bible College

Spring semester begins January 6. Registration open!

Pacific Bible College is looking for a Math teacher and a Spanish teacher.
541.776.9942
Last chance to register is Noon on Friday November 29
 
 You are invited to an evening of amazing redemption stories, lovely music, fun raffles, and a delicious buffet dinner. Christmas at the Ridge Dinner Extravaganza will inspire, encourage and move you.
 
Come hear powerful testimonies of the transformational healing taking place in the lives of young survivors of sex trafficking as they experience hope and restoration.
 
Redemption Ridge Executive Director Kirsten Arreguin will share the incredible successes during the last year, as well as update our supporters with developments they can expect to see in the future.
 
Please join us for a magical evening celebrating the real-life miracles our girls have experienced at Grace House.
 
Tuesday, December 3rd
5:30 - 8:00 P.M.
Grand Valley Ballroom
Rogue Valley Country Club
2660 Hillcrest Rd
Medford, OR 97504
 
To make your reservation visit
Seating is limited  
Redemption Ridge is looking for Care Specialists to work directly with the girls at Grace House. This is an amazing opportunity to affect the lives of hurting teenage girls. The job is located in the upper Rogue area. For more information please call Redemption Ridge 541.816.4415 or email kirsten@redemptionridge.org .
Jackson County Good News Club
Impacting the Community for Christ
As the children return to school, we are putting together teams to share the Good News of Jesus’ love in the public schools. If you have a few hours, 1 day a week during the school year, Child Evangelism Fellowship can use you. Whether you have a passion for teaching, listening to memory verses, or just love kids and can help set up and walk the kids to club, we need you on a Good News Club team in Jackson County. Contact the Jackson County CEF office at 541.500.8880 or
If you've been hunting for small group fellowship and Bible study, check our website. There's no better opportunity to reach out and connect with brothers and sisters. Pastor Travis: 541.878.3501 or travis@trail.org
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Trail Christian Fellowship
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